Get Involved


The USF Botanical Gardens values and apperciates anyone who can offer a helping hand. If you are in need of service hours or just want to get out and do some good in your community, start volunteering with us. There are no hourly requirements for our volunteer, come when you can!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the USF Botanical Gardens, fill out the volunteer form. You can send this form to us digitally through our email or drop it off at the plant shop.

Parental permission is required in writing prior to approval of any volunteer under the age of 18.

Volunteer Form

For any questions about volunteering, contact our staff at or 813-974-6602.

Propagation: Volunteer to propagate for the Plant Shop. Primarily taking cuttings, planting seed, potting up cuttings and repotting older established plants. No tools required. No previous experience. We will train.

Event Coverage: We have many positions available during events like our plant festival. Examples of duties are Front Gate, Holding Area, Children's Area, Cart Driver, as well as set up and take down. HELP is always appreciated. 

Specific Garden: Help us maintain and upgrade our various exhibits.

Native Plant Beds.  Carnivorous Beds. Palms. Shade Garden.  Front Entrance.  Fairy and Dinosaur Garden. Herb Garden.  Medicinal Garden.  Rose Garden.  

Fruit Tree Curator: Volunteer with knowledge of tropical fruit trees and willingness to fertilize, weed and trim in the orchard.

Educational and Garden Docents: Volunteer to assist in the design, testing and evaluation of educational programs for the Garden Field Trip Program. Docents to lead tours for groups through the Gardens.

Assistants to curators: Learn about specific plants by working with our curators.